Established in 1913, Kirstenbosch is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and also one of the largest. It sits right beneath Devil’s Peak and the walks through it are beautiful, and steep. Rachael and I went there in the morning to take a look around, and it was beautiful. The gardens are home to more than 7000 species of plants and they specialize in fynbos. Fynbos is the term for Cape Flora and are only found in southern Africa. It is the first botanical garden to be part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The nature reserve it’s a part of is a 526 hectare estate. My favourite parts of Kirstenbosch are actually its ‘useful plants’ gardens were you can smell plants, and read about what they’ve been used for traditionally. Some of them seem plausible, while others seem like they’d be a fairly terrible idea to try. They have plants that cure everything from TB to treating stomach aches and fevers.
Another thing Kirstenbosch does is host concerts. They do a series of Sunday summer concerts in the afternoon and people bring blankets, wine and picnics and hang out in the gardens to listen to music. While I didn’t make any of those (out climbing), I did get to go see one of my favorite musicians play there in the evening, and it was a pretty awesome venue.
The two main musicians who played were Jeremy Loops and Xavier Rudd. You can check their music out here at these links: Jeremy Loops’s Soundcloud and Xavier Rudd’s Site. Jeremy Loops is a South African musician and Xavier Rudd is from Australia (I’ve seen him play in Toronto before). If you haven’t heard either of them, you should definitely check them out. They played a great show, and it was a lot of fun to get to check the gardens out in the evening.